The Neuroscience Community in Tübingen

Since the early eighties, neurosciences and closely related disciplines have been strong at the University of Tübingen, at the University Clinics, and at the Max-Planck-Institute (MPI) for Biological Cybernetics.  Back then, biologists, clinicians, and cognitive neuroscientists at these institutions established together DFG-funded neuroscientific Collaborating Research Centers (SFBs), which formed the 'seed crystal' for a growing neuroscience research scene in Tübingen.  After two decades of consolidation and moderate growth of this scientific field, it was in the early years of 2000 that the neurosciences in Tübingen experienced an extraordinary boost that established Tübingen as a major location for neuroscience research not only in Germany, but also in Europe. The chronology in brief:

2001 - Foundation of the ‘Hertie-Institute for Clinical Brain Research’ (HIH) as part of the ‘Center for Neurology’ at the University Clinics

2005 - Inauguration of the ‘Cyberneum’, a state-of-the-art virtual reality research facility at the MPI

2006 - Establishment of the ‘High-Field Magnetic Resonance Center’ at the MPI campus

2007 - Funding of a Cluster of Excellence in Tübingen and foundation of the ‘Werner Reichardt Center for Integrative Neuroscience’ (CIN). The application for and establishment of the CIN also functioned as a catalyzer for the then single Graduate School of Neural & Behavioural Sciences to be remodeled and expanded into today’s Graduate Centre of Neuroscience.

2008 - Foundation of the Tübingen satellite of the ‘German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases’ (DZNE)

2010 - Foundation of the ‘Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience’ (BCCN)

2011 - Foundation of the ‘Max-Planck-Institute for Intelligent Systems’ (new research building under construction)

2013 - Foundation of the ‘Centre for Neurosensory Systems’

The neuroscience centers, the research facilities and their scientists are basically centralized at three locations:

  • at the campus of the Max-Planck-Institutes (MPI for Biological Cybernetics and MPI for Intelligent Systems), comprising several new, state-of-the-art research facilities,
  • at the Schnarrenberg Neuroscience Campus, comprising a triplet of new research buildings, namely the HIH-, the CIN-, and the DZNE-building, which are located in close proximity to the University Clinics.  Neuroscience imaging facilities (the MR- and MEG-Center) and the ‘Centre for Neurosensory Systems’ are located immediately next to the ‘Schnarrenberg Neuroscience Campus’,
  • and finally, only a stone’s throw away at the Science Campus, you find the Institute of Neurobiology.  Few additional neuroscience departments are spread all over the city, nevertheless, all of them located within a few kilometers range.